With a combined 17 state championships between the two schools, Saturday's Hoosier state showdown was big between POWERADE FAB 50 No. 37 Warren Central (Indianapolis) and crosstown rival Cathedral (Indianapolis). There were plenty of reasons to tune in as each team has their fair share of DI prospects, lead by Central’s Sheldon Day and Cathedral’s John Turner, both of whom are Notre Dame commits.
The matchup was a tale of two halves as in the first half each team's mistakes led to easy scores for the other and a 24-21 lead at the break for Cathedral. In the second half the defenses took over and Central was able to score the only points taking the lead early in the third quarter and the defense did the rest for the victory.
In the first half Warren Central botched two snaps on punts and threw an interception to set Cathedral up inside the 20-yard line three separate times. Cathedral was able to score 17 points off those three mistakes.
On the other side of the ball, Cathedral fumbled a handoff which Day recovered on the 1-yard line. On the next play Deionte Buckley, a Cincinnati recruit, scored his third touchdown of the half to get Warren Central back on top 21-17
Central’s lead did not last long as Cathedral took back the lead 24-21 on a 35-yard pass by senior quarterback Corey Babb to junior receiver Sampson Levingston on the very next series. The key was a 55-yard kickoff return by Gino Gillum.
Warren Central took opening drive of the second half for a score to retake the lead at 27-24, with Buckley once again punching it in from nine yards out, his fourth touchdown.
Cathedral's defense twice stopped Central on downs inside their own 10-yard line in the fourth quarter, but the Irish's offense wasn't able to mount a serious threat and Central made the 27-24 lead stand up for the big in-state victory.
Star of the Game - Warren Central RB Deionte Buckley: It was not a surprise to see Buckley carry Warren Central to victory after his performance last week where he rushed 19 times for 184 yards and three touchdowns. He accounted for all of the Warrior's scoring Saturday with four touchdowns and over 180 yards rushing.